Press Release: State Assembly District 72 Candidate Judie Mancuso Wins Primary


June 7, 2022

State Assembly District 72 Candidate Judie Mancuso Wins Primary

Mancuso Heads to November General Election Against Career Politician Diane Dixon

Laguna Beach, CA – Nonprofit founder and CEO, and businesswoman Judie Mancuso, Democrat for the 72nd State Assembly District (AD) advances to the November General election after coming out on top in Tuesday’s primary. Mancuso, the California Democratic Party’s (CDP) endorsed candidate, will face perennial candidate Republican Diane Dixon in the November 8th General Election, who was rejected by Orange County voters in 2020.

“I am thankful to the voters in Assembly District 72 who put their confidence in me during this primary election,” said Mancuso. “As the founder of a nonprofit and a business leader, I know how to get things done. But for too long, career politicians like Diane Dixon have stood in the way of progress. Over the next several months I look forward to listening to and talking with the voters of the 72nd district. Now is not the time for political games, and I know the voters of the 72nd district share my priorities to protect our environment, defend women’s rights, and get guns off our streets and out of our schools. I look forward to a spirited debate with Councilwoman Dixon and to hear why she believes the same agenda Orange County voters rejected two years ago would be appealing in 2022.”

Mancuso has been endorsed by a wide array of community leaders and organizations in Orange County, Southern California and across the state including Governor Gavin Newsom and Congresswoman Katie PorterPlanned ParenthoodJane Fonda’s Climate PAC, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, and Moms Demand Action.

“Judie Mancuso has dedicated her life to standing up for those who need it the most. She is a champion who has stood up to the special interests and will be a tireless fighter for our community. In the Assembly, Judie will continue being a voice for the voiceless and I am proud to endorse her,” stated current Congresswoman Katie Porter of Congressional District (CD) 45, who won her primary election in a landslide against her Republican opponent, for the newly drawn CD 47, which overlaps with Mancuso’s AD 72.

Mancuso is the founder, CEO, and president of Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), a 501(c)(4) political advocacy nonprofit founded in 2007 that sponsors and supports landmark legislation to protect and save people, animals, and the environment. Under her direction, SCIL has spearheaded over 50 state bills – including 19 that have been signed into law. Mancuso, a former two-term appointed member of the California Veterinary Medical Board and the current vice chair of the Laguna Beach Environmental Sustainability Committee, was named one of the top 10 of the top 100 most influential people in Orange County in 2019 by the Orange County Register. 

A full list of endorsers includes: 

Elected Officials

Governor Gavin Newsom

Attorney General Rob Bonta

California State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond

Congressmember Ted Lieu

Congressmember Katie Porter

Former Congressmember Harley Rouda

State Senator Bill Dodd

State Senator Connie Leyva

State Senator Dave Min

State Senator Anthony Portantino

State Senator Henry Stern

Former State Senator Dean Florez

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

Assemblymember Richard Bloom

Assemblymember Wendy Carillo

Assemblymember Laura Friedman

Assemblymember Ash Kalra

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago

Former Assemblymember Mike Gatto

Former Assemblymember Jose Solorio

Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley

Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer

Huntington Beach City Councilmember Kim Carr

Huntington Beach City Councilmember Natalie Moser

Laguna Beach Mayor Sue Kempf

Laguna Beach Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen

Laguna Beach City Councilmember Toni Iseman

Laguna Beach City Councilmember George Weiss

Aliso Viejo Mayor Ross Chun

Seal Beach Mayor Joe Kalmick

Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield

Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de Leon

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz

Former Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox

Artesia City Councilmember Ali Sajjad Taj

Huntington Beach Union High School District Trustee Bonnie Castrey

*Titles for identification purposes only

Community Leaders

Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage Commission, Gretchen Lieff

Former President, Veterinary Medical Board, Linda Starr

Former Member, Veterinary Medical Board, Dr. Richard Johnson


Aliso Niguel Democratic Club

Asian Americans in Action

California Democratic Party

California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus

Canyon Democrats

Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund

Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties

Democratic Women of South Orange County

Democrats for the Protection of Animals

Jane Fonda Climate PAC

Laguna Woods Democratic Club

Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction

National Women’s Political Caucus of California

Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club

Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club

Sierra Club

Women in Leadership

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